Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Principals' Understanding of Teacher Evaluations Connected to the Colorado Student Assessment Program
by Lee, Christopher M., D.Ed., University of Phoenix, 2014, 198; 3583291
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative grounded analysis involved exploring the knowledge and understanding school principals have on teacher evaluations and the connections to students’ scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). The problem was that Colorado does not have a comprehensive and consistent standards-based teacher evaluation system managed by highly trained administrative evaluators capable of providing evaluation marks representative of actual teacher performance and competency levels based on student achievement from CSAP results. The purpose of this qualitative grounded analysis was to create a theoretical model based on the exploration of the knowledge and understanding school principals have on teacher evaluations being connected to students’ Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) scores in order to effectively evaluate teacher performance in the classroom. The research questions examined and analyzed data from the perspective of school principals on teacher evaluation proficiency marks and student proficiency scores on the CSAP. Interview responses from 10 school principals were analyzed with the NVivo qualitative analysis software revealing emerging themes. Critical analysis of the themes produced courses of action and recommendations for school principals to improve the evaluation process of teachers as connected to student CSAP scores to improve classroom instruction. Key results indicated a need for school principals to consider the themes of classroom environment; funding, administrative support, and an over haul of teacher contracts that include compensation and advancement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bailey, James
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, Education Policy, Education
Keywords: Educational leadership, Evalution theories, Principals and evaluation, Staff assessments, Teacher evaluations, Teacher proficiency evaluation
Publication Number: 3583291
ISBN: 978-1-321-13117-8
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